this is what it took to write my prospectus

anonymous asked:

You are so cool man. Okay, I just got into investing as in I opened an account with bank of america merrill edge for retirement but haven't done anything else. I know I should like buy safe stocks and stuff, but I am so wary of researching this. like i just don't trust sources that i google or magazines (my dad was interested in stocks and lost a lot of money so I just can't trust him or those magazines). I see that you have set up different markets (target retirement, inflation protected), (1/2

(2/2) and other funds. How did you get started? Where did you research? Like books or things. Thank you for your time!

Aw, thank you Anon! So, this is a little bit of a narrative, buckle up. (There is a readmore below! Read more!) 

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anonymous asked:

Essay writing tips please ?

(Sorry it took me a while to get to this cos I felt that it required a longer response!) 

Here are some general tips (esp. cos I don’t know exactly which subject/level of study you are writing for!)

1. Write an outline, and try to generally stick to it. You will move things around, you will cut out things, you will add others, but try to stick to the general flow of the paper. 

2. Write a sample introduction/abstract. I find this very important and I’ll often go back and look at it while I’m writing to reassure myself that what I am saying actually makes sense – often you can get so into the details of a sub-argument that you forget what the actual point of the paper is!!
Depending on the length of your paper, this should be anything from one paragraph to a page. In this, you want to say:

I. In this paper, I will [general problem you are looking to solve in paper]. 
II. First, I’m doing x and why.
III. Then, I’m doing z and why. 
IV. Then I’m doing k and why.
V. Finally, I am doing g and why.
VI. Thus, [conclusion].” 

Here is an example (this isn’t my thesis btw, it is the thesis of a book but I just made up the rest lol): 

I. It is often disputed whether Augustine maintains the existence of the soul before birth.
II. First, I will outline one scholar’s (or scholars’) view in order to show the reasons for maintaining that Augustine does not consider that the soul existed before birth.
III. Secondly, I will outline some other scholar’s  (or scholars’) view on this in order to show the reasons for maintaining that Augustine does indeed consider that the soul existed before birth. 
IV. Then, I will turn to Augustine’s own texts in order provide an exegesis of Augustine’s own comments on this subject.
V. Using this exegesis, I will show that scholar 1 is incorrect and scholar 2 is correct, although misinterprets key passages from Augustine’s De Beata Vita. 
Vi. Thus, by looking to Augustine’s own writings on the topic, it is undeniable that he does indeed maintain the existence of the soul before birth. 

This will show you a micro version of your longer argument, so you can check that it is coherent – that you don’t have any extra information or that you aren’t missing something that you need. So, if I had in there some other random point after III. saying that “I will show how Augustine’s view of the soul’s existence before birth affects his epistemology” that would need to be cut out cos it doesn’t fit. Or, if I were missing point V., then I would very quickly be able to see that I’m very obviously missing something in the general thrust of my argument. If I just had a general outline with topic headings, these errors wouldn’t be as clear. 
Last note, sometimes professors (esp. in grad school) have you write a prospectus – what I am describing is basically a prospectus (I took a grad course my second semester undergrad and the prof had us do this and I found it very helpful so this is why I recommend it!). So. if you are thinking about grad school, these are a good idea to get into the habit of doing (I think it also helps you prep for having to write abstracts of papers for publication as well as a dissertation expose!!). 

3. Follow footnotes. If you are looking for secondaries, find (or ask your prof for)  a good general overview book on your topic/topics. A good overview will briefly mention all of the controversies on a topic… and if you look in the footnotes, you will find a good selection of sources representing major players in whatever controversy. 

4. Use databases for secondaries. I can’t say much more than that because there are so many for so many different topics, you just have to search a bit yourself or your uni library should have a directory. 

5. Correct section by section. Don’t write 30 pages without reading it over as you go. There will be natural section breaks. When you reach one, stop! Read it over and correct. I usually work that I write a ton one day, then the next morning really early when I have energy, I’ll re-read what I wrote on the previous day and I’ll polish it. Then I’ll start writing the next section for the rest of the day. Then the next morning, I’ll wake up and re-read what I did the previous day and polish etc etc etc etc. 

Okay, that is enough for now, I think! I hope that helps, anon! :D